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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham announces $6 million for Louisiana Tech

August 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Monday that Louisiana Tech University has received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grant will focus on understanding the initiation of epileptic brain seizures and longer-term impacts of brain function, such as memory. The project will use minimally invasive implantable sensors to monitor brain activity before, during and after seizure events.

The study will result in new jobs, new equipment and new courses of study for undergraduate and graduate students. Leonidas Iasemidis will serve as the lead investigator, and co-investigators Mark DeCoster, Teresa Murray, Jerzy Szaflarski and L. John Greenfield will join him.

Dr. Abraham toured the research facility this spring. He also wrote a letter to the NSF in support of the grant application.

“This is a tremendous win for Louisiana Tech’s students, faculty and staff. As a doctor, I have worked with many patients who suffer from epilepsy. I’m proud to have supported this grant application because it represents not only an investment in Tech, but also an investment in the futures of all of those who suffer from these seizures,” Dr. Abraham said.

The project is projected to begin in September and run through the end of August 2020.